Crosby Labour MP Bill Esterson meets students and staff on tour

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson with staff and students of Thornton College during his visit this week.


Crosby’s Labour MP Bill Esterson met staff and students at Thornton College to see how preparations were going for the college fete, which is the annual open day when local residents get to visit and see the hard work of the students. 

The college in Edge Lane is a specialist centre dedicated to providing a caring and supportive environment for young people with leaning difficulties and physical disabilities. 

The staff are experienced, specialist teachers who work in collaboration with Sefton Special Schools, including nearby Crosby High School. The College builds on prior learning and provides a progression route to help students develop the skills necessary to achieve their individual potential.

Bill Esterson MP said: “I would like to thank the staff and students at Thornton College for their very warm welcome when I visited. I was lucky enough to meet many of the students and to see them preparing for the college fete. 

"I also saw some of the lessons in progress and how well the students are progressing thanks to the excellent work of the teachers at Thornton. 

"The college has excellent, modern facilities and I saw the results of the some of the work the students have completed.

"The facilities include horticulture room, a kitchen and even a small apartment and the students are clearly learning how to be more independent. 

"A number of the final year students are preparing to move on to other colleges including Hugh Baird College which runs Thornton College. 

"I was really impressed by what I saw and look forward to visiting again soon."

Thornton College manager, Matt Wilson, said he was delighted to welcome Bill to the college.

Matt said: "I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Esterson MP for visiting Thornton College. 

"A visit from a member of parliament always generates a lot of excitement among the students, and this occasion was no different. 

"We very much hope to welcome Mr Esterson back in the future so he can see how the college is progressing, developing and benefiting the young people of the area.”

If you were not able to go to the college open day, which was on June 16, you can arrange a visit by telephoning the centre manager on 0151 934 4813.


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